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A popular pro-democracy opposition leader, he was elected as President in 1997 and lead the way for a liberal, democratic, modern South Korea. One major highlight of his life’s work may have been his optimistic “Sunshine Policy” approach towards North Korea, which warmed relations with the brother country and ultimately garnered Kim the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000.
He remains a beloved figure in his home country and abroad, and his presence–always hopeful–will be missed.
As bloggers, we know we’re part of a huge paradigm shift that has forced the world to witness the rapid decline of our beloved newspapers, and in lockstep, a bittersweet goodbye to a beautiful old school of gritty, focused, research-and-field based journalism.
Few things signify the end of that truly incredible journalistic era than the loss of Walter Cronkite, who passed away on Friday evening, at the age of 92.
Is it his tone of honesty that will be missed most? His dedication to the country? Perhaps his immeasurable influence (defined, one could argue, by the devastating impact his February 27, 1968 statement had on the on the nation’s support of the Vietnam War, see video link below):
We wish an eternal good night to Robert McNamara, who died in his sleep early this morning at the age of 93. There were many lessons learned from the former Secretary of Defense’s mistakes regarding US involvement in the Vietnam war, to be sure–but perhaps we gleaned more by appreciating his ability to look back and actually admit when and how he was wrong. We’re Asian for chrissake; we certainly know how difficult the latter can be.
Jackson is the reason that a perfect stranger sang “Dirty Diana” to me over morning coffee, why I danced under a restaurant awning at lunch–and why I feel shocked and empty now.
Say what you will about the man–he was the greatest performer that ever was, and a bearer of some shames we may never understand–he will never be forgotten.
Tim Russert–honorasian, patriot, politico, brainiac, worker bee, journalist, perfectionist, NBC friend–we don’t know why we lost you today, but we hope you’re reading the Times somewhere nice in the sky.
Ling-Ling–the female half (pictured right) of the couple brought to America by Richard Nixon in 1972 as a result of his initial peacemaking visits to China–died suddenly yesterday at the age of 23. She was the oldest living panda of her kind, outside of China, living in captivity.
We will miss little Ling-Ling, and we feel we knew her well. Here’s hoping she’s relaxing right now in a bamboo supernova in the sky. We’ll miss her fuzzy face!
Goodbye to you, Mr. Mailer. You were a hothead, a crazy, and a brilliant voice. We wish we had your ‘nards and your gifts, and believe with pride that you went down fighting. Here’s hoping you’re giving somebody a world of word trouble somewhere in the sky.
We are saddened to hear that Honorasian Hilly Krystal, punk-rock legend and founder of legendary rock club CBGB, has passed away due to lung cancer complications at 75. His pioneering legacy and the incredible bands he helped elevate are among the things that survive him. Incidentally, CBGB closed its doors permanently less than a year ago.
This makes us want to shut our bedroom door, cue up Television’s Marquee Moon, bawl our eyes out, and quietly put out our cigarettes.
22 year-old Shinwoo Kim, Army Medic, was killed last week in Iraq after his unit was attacked by insurgents with makeshift explosives. Kim hailed from Fullerton, Orange County, and, before his death, had told friends that what he missed about home was “driving his brand-new Lexus and eating a Double-Double burger from In-N-Out with a pink lemonade.”
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Designer Liz Claiborne passed away Tuesday at age 78, after a long battle with abdominal cancer.
Wherever you’ve gone, Miz Liz, I hope that it’s the perfect shade of navy blue.
Xiang Xiang (“auspicious” in Chinese), the first giant panda released in the wild after being raised in captivity, has died. It is believed that the cuddly thing may have been trying to elude a band of wild pandas before his death. The AP reports:
The first panda to be released into bamboo forests after being bred in captivity has died, and a Chinese nature preserve official said Thursday it may have fallen from trees while being chased by wild pandas.
The body of Xiang Xiang was found Feb. 19 on snow-covered ground in the forests of Sichuan province in China’s southwest, the Xinhua News Agency said. He survived less than a year in the wild after nearly three years of training in survival techniques and defense tactics.
“Xiang Xiang died of serious internal injuries in the left side of his chest and stomach by falling from a high place,” Heng Yi, an official from the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan, said in a telephone interview.
“The scratches and other minor injuries caused by other wild pandas were found on his body,” he said. “So Xiang Xiang may have fallen from trees when being chased by those pandas.”